OK -- we are always discussing sires and the importance of mare lines. I know in racing certain sires who may be less than steller in producing top performing sons will often be discovered to produce many wonderful daughters.
Secretariat was such a horse....it took years before they discovered what a wonderful broodmare sire he was.
In the WB breeds, who is considered an extraordinary broodmare sire? Which stallions would you like to see in your foundation mare's pedigree?
I say this with total bias. Like really, basically I'm just saying my own mares!
I LOVE Donnerhall and Rubinstein on the damline, I think it gives the breeder more scope to use 'flashy' young stallions as you know you have sensible, working genes with a good allowance for brilliant temperament.
I am so biased towards these two lines though. To me they are proven, they work, they create working horses who want to work, I tend to think that if you don't have temperament then movement or dressage talent or jump or whatever don't matter at all. Temperament and rideability are the building blocks and Donnerhall and Rubinstein horses have both!
My dream broodmare, and I'm planning to breed it myself in the next few years (better be a filly!) woud be by Sandro Hit with Donnerhall and Rubinstein and Ramino on the damline.
That's another one. Ramino. Ramino mares have done a LOT for dressage. I do like a bit of jumping blood in dressage horses. Some trakehner blood can also be good too, particularly if you're looking at a stallion with very strong dressage lines and you want some lightness.
I'm a big fan of the Hanovarian A line too, Absatz and Akzent II. But then again I am biased. I have a brilliant four year old mare by Alabaster with a temperament and beautiful head and front end I would very much like to see on a foal.
I can't remember which magazine, but there was just an article about Riverman mares and I bet he is a fantastic broodmare sire. I have also heard that Cor Noir is known for his very good daughters. I also really like 'D' and 'R.' I have 2 'D' mares, one of which is by Davignon.